Cecil Papers: January 1601

Pages 159-161

Calendar of the Cecil Papers in Hatfield House: Volume 14, Addenda. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1923.

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January 1601

Wolfgang Wilhelm, Count Palatine of the Rhine, Duke of Bavaria, etc., to Sir Robert Cecil.
Jan. 9, 1600–1. By Mr. Lesieur, who is here leaving us, we cannot but thank you for the good will and courtesy shown to us at London, and at the same time commend him to you for his talent, industry, and good service to us. And for your own kindnesses to us we hope some day to find an opportunity to reward you. We would beg you to commend us to the Queen and to preserve us in her favour in our absence.—Margate, 9 Jan., 1601.
Latin. Signed. 1 p.
(134. 9).
The Earl of Northumberland to Sir Robert Cecil.
1600–1, Jan. 12. I have answered a letter of my Lord Cobham wherein I received her Majesty's pleasure for my return this winter into England. I have defended myself from it with what art I could; your approving my arguments to be strong will help forward my desire to be effected. I shall not need to use further reasons to yourself than I have done already for my stay.
Here is nothing worth your knowledge, only it appears that the States are willing to attempt somewhat this next spring: some of them desire it should be towards Venlo, Berk, or that way: others, towards Shertogenbosch; others, into Flanders again if we may have aid out of England. What it will come to, though I be here, yet I know you understand these things better than myself. They have promised to pay all count and reckonings to the captains, which, we say, argues they mean to do somewhat but for the present we lie idle.—Hague, this 12 January.
Holograph. Seal.
Endorsed: "1600."
1 p. (84. 60).
M[ary], Countess of Pembroke to the Queen.
[1601], [before Jan. 19]. Expresses the thanks of her lord and herself for the favour shown by the Queen to her son, in taking him into her care. Remembers how in her youngest times she was graced by the same heavenly grace.—Undated.
Endorsed: "1601."
1 p. (90. 147).
Reinerus Lanvius to John Wheeler, Secretary to the Middleburgh Merchants.
1600–1, Jan. 25/Feb. 4. I have received your letter of Dec. 8th in which you say that the Governor is not satisfied with the present irregular method of trading and thinks that, unless the association be entirely re-instated, all pains are thrown away. I am surprised at his attitude, but having discussed the point fully in your letter, will say no more.
Martin à Medem has returned. He makes many promises, not however to be at present entrusted to paper. Free trade for all English merchants (including the adventurers), who avoid monopolies and act in conformity with imperial orders. What will be the end? You will need all your tact, such is your influence with the merchants. Fronte capillata post est occasio calva says the poet; you must not despise small beginnings. Why is the company so eager to post its settlements in such remote parts? Is it for the sake of an association or as a means of trade? If the former, it must at any rate be allowed, they will be nowhere without the removal of the imperial edict and the restoration of their ancient privileges, and could neither come to Stade nor remain at Embden. But if the latter, what would avail a court and association? It seems a far better course to proceed for the present without them and carry on trade till the diet, than to incur expense and delay by idly waiting till it takes place. Meanwhile our Senate will do all in its power to further your interests. Greet Robert Kingsland kindly from me.—Stade, 4 Feb. 1601, stylo Germano.
Holograph. Latin.
3 pp. (85. 10 and 11).
Jean Douglas, Lady Salcoats, to her brother Archibald Douglas, Parson of Glasgow.
1601, Jan. 26. Having many lasses now come to perfection of years and ready to put to profit that it shall please God with help of friends to provide them, I must be hamely with you to send them some of your fine London cloth for apparelling, which ye may deliver to this bearer.—Saltcoats, the 26 day of January, 1601.
Holograph. Scotch.
½ p. (84. 91).
Ambrose Dudley to the Queen.
[c. Jan. 1600–1]. Of the attempt by William Constable, a servant of the Earl of Essex, lately knighted in Ireland, to dispossess him of the site of the manor of Chopwell in the bishopric of Durham, in which matter petitioner's lease was adjudged good. Prays for confirmation of his lease by Bill.—
Undated. 1 p. (1297.) [See Cal. of C.P., Part X., p. 10.]